In short: Good run through Preston's city centre park In full: My first competitive run for many years. Really enjoyed it, the weather and scenery made it an enjoyable run. Apart from the clock on the finish briefly stopping and spying a cheat it was a good morning out. A few hills make this course challenging and I'll definitely be doing it next year. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Very, very hot. So no PB potential and likely to be similar in future years if the date and time are the same. Still, very pretty and well organised, so just put on plenty of sunscreen, drank alot and had a nice run round the forest. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Tough on a hot day In full: 22C at start of race. Did it last year on a dull drizzly day so was looking forward to it. Too hot for me and much more hilly than I remember. Only finished because my training buddy had to pull out at 4k so finished for her, otherwise would have taken the short cut home! Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: good route but really hot conditions In full: This was a lovely route, but with a 12.45 start on one of the hottest days this year it was hot, hot, hot. I have never seen so many walkers, myself included in the second half. Nice horse brass for finishing. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Extra challenging on a blistering hot day! In full: This definitely qualifies as an undulating course! The climbs are long rather than steep, but the 6th mile in particular is a painful slow uphill slog, especially in the near 30 degree heat we had this time. I was only expecting one water stop, so the second one was a pleasant surprise although they seemed to be rather too close to each other. Marshalling and signposting are excellent.
The start is great, the wide open spaces in the park and the relatively small field leading to no congestion even though the fun run starts at the same time as the main event. The finish is a bit cruel, making you do a "lap of honour" round the park after you think the end is in sight! The course is nothing to write home about, but fairly traffic tree for a near-london road race.
Best part is the spectator support - really enthusiastic applause from bystanders throughout the route, with some setting up their own informal water stops. If you live in the area, and don't mind a bit of hill work, this is definitely worth doing. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: No Water on the course at 30 degrees C - Criminal! In full: Lack of water on the course was a crime on a day like today, I can't drink that sticky stuff they were handing out, I very nearly had to bail at 2 laps due to the heat - dehydration. Suprised no one collapsed.
I think the organisers really dropped the ball on this. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Don't think I will be doing this race again. Maybe Oxford next year. In full: This is the second time I have done this race and probably the last. It is a round and about race in a large field. The grass is very bumpy with pot holes and not very even. There were also several kids on bikes weaving around the runners which was very irritating and off-putting. Definitely will consider doing the RFL in Oxford next year as it is in the parks so will be a bit more scenic. Also can't understand why they never start on time - 15 mins late. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Hilly start to finish but hills are run-able. Murder on a hot day though. In full: Trails and tracks in the Wyre forest area. You are either going up or down all race and the last 4 miles are more or less up. Even the final 600m is a very steep incline. Get hydrated and stay hydrated as this year it was 30 degrees plus ! Nice crowd, well organized and good marshalling. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Great fun - apart from the heat. In full: A brilliant race. Well organised, lots of water stations, sponges and hoses and an ice cream van at the finish! Brilliant crowd, made lots of friends running round and got a massive cheer when I finished ( I was one of the later finishers!!) Course is pretty and quite flat although midday heat made it a slow one for me. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Very well organised - but very hot! In full: Excellent race again, very well organised and a really nice atmosphere. Weather was a real problem, far too hot. Please please please consider starting it at 10am next year instead of 11am - I'm sure it would make an excellent July race almost faultless. Date of review: July 10, 2005
In short: Really lovely run if you are not after a PB In full: Great day out, fantastic organisation, cheerful & encouraging marshalls. Not as flat and downhill at the start as I thought and the hill from about 7k was an absolute killer. Will definately be back to do it again though. Date of review: July 10, 2005